By Gilbert Ekugbe
“WE have agreed to work together and they have agreed to collaborate with us by imbibing the culture of quality assurance and reporting to us whenever they see something unwholesome. Some of these traders are law abiding, what we intend to do is to bring in the search light of quality assurance to the market to take out the non -conforming and substandard goods.”
These were the words of Osita Aboloma, Director -General Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) during a courtesy visit by the leadership of Balogun Business Association (BBA) Lagos International Trade Fair Complex, to seek collaboration with the agency in a bid to end the preponderance of fake and substandard goods in the country.
The Director- General said that SON decided to partner with the association because it is the biggest single market in West African region, pointing out that the association is the best and the most reasonable place to start our fight against substandard goods.
“We want them to know that if they certify and register their products, they will not be affected by the wrath of the law. We are coming against the perpetrators of substandard goods with all the laws available to us as an agency. It is no longer going to be business as usual. It is either you close your shops, move away from our markets or you have us to contend with,” he warned.
Also speaking at the event, the Director Operations, SON, Felix Nyado, said it is an offence to change the label of products without informing the appropriate regulatory agencies.
In his response, the Chairman of the Board, BBA, Okey Ezibe, expressed the association’s willingness to support SON in its fight against substandard goods.
“We have to realise that the present Director- General has new ideas to combat the menace of substandard goods. Any country without standards is doomed to fall and we have listened to him and he is committed to fighting the preponderance of fake and substandard goods,” he said.